Lionsgate Music, in Association With Matriarch/Geffen Records, Announces Release of Soundtrack to Lee Daniels’ Highly Anticipated Film PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
Soundtrack Features Music By Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and More First Single Is Soundtrack Co-Producer Mary J. Blige’s ‘I Can See In Color’
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate Music, the music arm of Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) the leading next generation studio, in association with Matriarch/Geffen Records, will release the official soundtrack for Lee Daniels’ highly anticipated, prize-winning film PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE. The soundtrack will be available online November 3rd and in stores November 23rd. It was produced by Daniels along with Mary J. Blige, whose new song “I Can See In Color” will be the first single. The track has already garnered raves, with Rolling Stone extolling it as “…a knockout song…expressing the goal of Precious to see the world in color.”
Other artists featured on the star-studded soundtrack include Queen Latifah, Mahalia Jackson and Grace Hightower. According to Daniels, these artists were selected because they “resonate not only in Precious’ world, but speak to your soul no matter who you are.”
The songs on the soundtrack effectively capture this groundbreaking film’s powerful, universal message about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in 1987, PRECIOUS tells the story of Harlem teenager Claireece “Precious” Jones, who overcomes tremendous obstacles to discover her own worth, beauty and potential. Precious’ tale is perfectly complemented by this deeply moving collection of songs – songs that are the sound of Precious’ resilient, questing spirit, which carries her through such intense struggle. Courage and determination, passionately expressed by Mary J. Blige, Jean Carn, Donna Allen and others, are touchstones of Precious’ story and Daniels’ film; ultimately the message will reverberate in listeners and audiences alike.
The film and its standout performances have already received a myriad of critical accolades and top prizes at major international film festivals. Breakout star Gabourey Sidibe was featured on the cover of a recent New York Times Magazine, and was touted as “beyond incredible” by Access Hollywood, who called the film “amazing…not to be missed.” Time Magazine lauded it as “an unabashedly inspirational anthem.” The Oscar® buzz is already in full swing, with predictions for nominations coming from the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Time Magazine, Elle Magazine, The New York Post and more.
PRECIOUS premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Acting. It has since screened at such prestigious venues as the Cannes International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, and has won audience prizes at the Toronto International Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival and the recently concluded Chicago International Film Festival. It is the only film ever to receive the Audience awards at both Sundance and Toronto.
For a synopsis and other information regarding PRECIOUS, please visit the official website, http://www.weareallprecious.com/.
Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE, directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based on the book Push, a novel by Sapphire. The film stars Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introduces Gabourey Sidibe. PRECIOUS was produced by Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness. Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Lisa Cortes and Tom Heller are Executive Producers; Simone Sheffield serves as Co-Executive Producer; Mark G. Mathis is Co-Producer; and Asger Hussain serves as Associate Producer.
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE Soundtrack Track Listing:
01 I Can See In Color - Mary J. Blige
02 He Is The Joy - Donna Allen
03 Was That All It Was - Jean Carn
04 Did You Ever See A Dream Walking - Sunny Gale
05 Come Into My House - Queen Latifah
06 Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Mahalia Jackson
07 Love Is The Message - Mfsb (Featuring The Three Degrees)
08 Now That I Know Who I Am - Nona Hendryx
09 System - Labelle
10 Somethin's Comin' My Way - Grace Hightower
11 It Took A Long Time - Labelle
12 Letters (From The Original Score) - Mario Grigorov
Executive Producer: Lee Daniels & Mary J. Blige
Soundtrack Producer: Lynn Fainchtein
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About Lionsgate Music:
Lionsgate Music oversees music for Lionsgate’s film and TV slate, builds the Company’s music publishing assets and releases its soundtracks and scores. The music team has received two Oscar® nominations for Marco Beltrami’s score for 3:10 TO YUMA and for Bird York’s song “In The Deep” for Best Picture Academy Award® Winner CRASH. Current and upcoming projects include the soundtrack for PRECIOUS, to be released through Matriarch/Geffen Records and featuring a lead track from Mary J. Blige. PRECIOUS is directed by Lee Daniels (SHADOWBOXER) and presented by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. The film has already attracted significant buzz, winning the Audience Award at this month’s Toronto Film Festival in addition to winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Additional upcoming projects include the Jim Sheridan film BROTHERS, scheduled for release in December featuring music from U2, as well as music for such upcoming films as THE EXPENDABLES, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li, FIVE KILLERS, starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, KICK-ASS, starring Nicolas Cage, and Academy Award® winning director Paul Haggis’ THE NEXT THREE DAYS, starring Russell Crowe. The Lionsgate Music team is also working on the Starz! television series Crash, featuring music from Paul McCartney and The Doors, the third season of AMC’s Emmy®-winning series Mad Men, scored by the critically lauded composer David Carbonara, and its live musical revue, Mad Men Live Revue, which premiered last fall to rave reviews at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre, with more productions upcoming.